Books–the perfect gift for the over-busy mom!

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I’m kind of a book junkie.

I know people that read more, but not many. And few of them have as many work and family commitments as I do. My goal each year is to read (or listen to) 50 books. Here is what I read in 2012, 2011, 2010.

Based on my readings from the last few years, here are some recommendations for gifts for the over-busy mom in your life (please note, if you have read this already, I decided to break my lists up into different days for different lists):

Books for the Over-Tired Mom

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I chose these books because they are great books, light reading, and (mostly) uplifting. Many of them are young adult, which is perfect for the time-harried, “I can’t think too much” mom!

1. The Hunger Games: All 3 of them. Plus, you can see the movies of 2 of them and that gives you a great excuse to get out with your girlfriends! Super fast paced and excited with a very strong female protagonist.

2. The Giver: A young adult alternate time-period earth, this book will make you rethink the “perfect” society and what the role of a child (and adult!) should be.

3. Where’d You Go Bernadette: This book is lighthearted and fun. It is made up of “letters”. Just when you think you know what is going on, everything changes again!

4. Harry Potter: All of them. You can’t get more fun and exciting than these!

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Party Time Indian: Another young-adult book (but I actually think it is inappropriate for young teens). This book is extremely well-written but fast and easy to read.

6. Fire: Young adult and science fiction mixed with an extremely strong main female character. This book is fun!

7. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: This book is my only non-fiction on this list. It actually is a little depressing at times, but overall, makes you really want to have a good “story” and live a better life. It is easy to read and a great book.

8. The Princess Bride: If you haven’t read this classic, you must! It is just as good as the movie (or better!).

9. Tuck Everlasting: This is actually a children’s chapter book that I listened to this summer with my kids. It is amazing. Very short read (intended for kids) but great story!

10. The Language of Flowers: I couldn’t leave this book off. It is very powerful fictional story of a teen in the foster-case system (hence, not light reading). Everyone that I know that has read it could not put it down.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    You would love listening to Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The man who reads it is a British actor. He does all of the voices perfectly. Your children are old enough to listen to it too. It is a sit on the edge of your seat book. Bonus! It is a series and each book is better than the last.

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